Working with Trans* Individuals in Social Service Settings

Prism Services is offering a free workshop exploring working with trans* clients and staff in social service settings. The workshop is open to everyone working within healthcare, housing and social services, from both VCH and external agencies.


Everyone should be provided with equitable access to healthcare, shelter, food and safety when they are in need. Research shows that for transgender individuals, this is often not the case. Most service providers have not had the opportunity to learn about issues in working with trans* individuals accessing their services. Yet these populations are at heightened risk for mental health, physical health and/or substance use problems and face additional barriers to accessing services.

This course will address core competency issues in working with transgender populations; such as recognizing trans-specific issues to consider and barriers to service, recommendations for improving service provision and developing trans-inclusive policies.

Date: Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Time: 1pm – 4:30pm
Location: Room 150/154, 1290 Hornby Street, Vancouver BC, V6Z 1W2

Parking: Finding a parking space can sometimes be a challenge around Three Bridges, so please budget some additional travel time if you are coming by car.

Registration: To register for the course, go to the Vancouver Coastal Health course page:
Web link:
Search for: Working with Trans people in Social Service Settings

If you are not able to access the VCH online course registration, please contact Gwen Haworth at to be registered in the workshop and/or waiting list.

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